Bonechiller by Graham McNamee
|February 23, 2010||Posted by Colleen McKie under Canadian, Thriller, Young Adult|
Published by Random House, 2008
I love mystery novels. The tension, the thrill. Wondering what’s going to pop out at me on the next page. I have also recently rediscovered my love of young adult novels. Bonechiller by Graham McNamee was a wonderfully scary YA novel about a young boy and his friends battling against an ancient evil that has marked some of them for death.
McNamee is a Canadian author and one of the things I loved about this book is that it takes place in the cold, isolated Canadian wilderness in the dead of winter. And anyone who lives in Canada and has experience the frigid cold of a Canadian winter can appreciate that the cold itself became a character in the book, quite often challenging the teens in their attempt to thwart death. The title of the novel itself, Bonechiller, not only refers to the chill of facing evil, but the chill of a Canadian winter.
The writing in Bonechiller was tight and kept the story flowing at a breakneck speed, which is just what a thriller needs. I quite honestly couldn’t put this book down once I started reading it. The characters were interesting and well developed and there is just something universally appealing about a group of kids banning together to help each other.